Soumika Biswas

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Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR) gamma plays an important role in adipocyte differentiation and the regulation of adipocyte gene expression. Insulin also serves to promote adipogenesis. We report that insulin and a PPARgamma ligand (thiazolidinedione (TZD)) stimulate in a synergistic manner the expression of an adipocyte-specific gene (aP2)(More)
Multiple mechanisms have been proposed to account for immune escape by tumors. Although gangliosides have long been known to suppress T-cell immunity, few studies have examined the effect of human tumor-derived gangliosides on immune responses. Here, we show that gangliosides isolated from renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cell lines and clear cell tumor tissue(More)
Increased expression of gangliosides by different tumor types including renal cell carcinoma (RCC) is thought to contribute to the immune suppression observed in cancer patients. In this study, we report an increase in apoptotic T cells from RCC patients compared with T cells from normal donors that coincided with the detection of T cells staining positive(More)
Ganglion cysts are tense,smooth,fluctuant,cystic and transilluminant swellings. They are commonly found on the dorsum of the wrist, at the scapholunate articulation and may involve volar wrist, tendon sheaths and even inter phalangeal joints. This study aims to compare the efficacy and the recurrence rates with triamcinolone, hyaluronidase and sodium(More)
Previous studies from our laboratory demonstrated the role of tumor-derived gangliosides as important mediators of T cell apoptosis, and hence, as one mechanism by which tumors evade immune destruction. In this study, we report that TNF-alpha secreted by infiltrating inflammatory cells and/or genetically modified tumors augments tumor-associated GM2 levels,(More)
Previously we demonstrated that human glioblastoma cell lines induce apoptosis in peripheral blood T cells through partial involvement of secreted gangliosides. Here we show that GBM-derived gangliosides induce apoptosis through involvement of the TNF receptor and activation of the caspase cascade. Culturing T lymphocytes with GBM cell line derived(More)
Multiple mechanisms have been proposed to account for immune escape by tumors. Although gangliosides have long been known to suppress T-cell immunity, few studies have examined the effect of human tumor-derived gangliosides on immune responses. Here, we show that gangliosides isolated from renal cell carcinoma (RCC) cell lines and clear cell tumor tissue(More)